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3-Hour Messina Segway PT Authorized Tour

1. 3-Hour Messina Segway PT Authorized Tour

On this fun, informative Segway tour, discover the city of Messina, which was entirely rebuilt after the terrible earthquake destroyed it in 1908. Starting from Via Castellammare, near Via Garibaldi, next to the Catalani Church, you will go to the city's commercial center - Piazza Cairoli - and on to Piazza Pugliatti where there the Court of Justice and university are located. Next, move on to Piazza Duomo to admire the fountain of Orion and the Cathedral with its bell tower, famous for its astronomical clock unveiled in 1933 when the reconstruction of the Christian temple was finished. You will see the church S.S. Annunziata dei Catalani, with its beautiful baroque fountains in front. Nearby in Via Lepanto, see the monument dedicated to Don Juan of Austria before proceeding to Piazza Antonello, enclosed by neoclassical palaces. On the way to the medieval church San Francesco d’Assisi, admire the baroque palace Monte di Pietà. Continue through the public gardens to reach Piazza Unità d'Italia, where you will see the Palace of the Government and the fountain of Neptune by Montorsoli. From here, you will ride back to Piazza Municipio, observing the statue of Ferdinand de Bourbon and the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele along the way. Tour itinerary can be modified on-site with your guide to include, for example, shopping at Viale San Martino; a panoramic view from Montalto Church, or the North Coast Museum.

Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Tour

2. Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Tour

After being picked up from your desired pick up point you will be transported in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and driven to your first stop of the day, Giardini Naxos. After enjoying the beauty of Giardini Naxos you will drive to the enchanting village of Castelmola. From Castelmola you can enjoy amazing views of Giardini Naxos Bay and Mount Edna. Then visit your last stop of the day, the ancient Greek colony of Taormina. Walk down the ancient greek road, Via Valeria, and see the Greek theatre. While exploring Taormina discover various monuments, shops, restaurants, pubs and more and enjoy the beautiful scenery. After your visit to Toarmina, you will be driven back to your requested destination and dropped off. 

Messina Shore Excursion: Private Trip to Taormina & Etna

3. Messina Shore Excursion: Private Trip to Taormina & Etna

Experience an unforgettable day climbing one of the most active volcanoes in Europe. Visit one of the pearls of the Mediterranean, Taormina. Disembark at the port of Messina to meet your driver. Begin your private excursion by climbing Mount Etna. It is the highest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. It has also been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013. Be driven up to 1800 meters. From there, explore the Silvestri Craters and its lava-covered slopes. Continue onward to Taormina, perched on a terrace overlooking the sea. Considered the "Lady of the Ionic Coast", it has historically been a destination for celebrities. From this hilltop town, enjoy a splendid landscape, dotted with colorful coves interspersed with Mediterranean scrub and sea. Visit the ancient theatre in Taormina, one of the greatest of the Greek-Roman era, and afterward immerse yourself in the city. Return to the parking area in Taormina to head back to the port of Messina with your driver.

Castelmola and Taormina Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

4. Castelmola and Taormina Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a full-day scenic tour of the east coast of Sicily with pick-up and drop offs from the harbor towns of Naxos, Messina and Catania. Traveling by air conditioned vehicle, your first stop will be the picturesque medieval village of Castelmola, following a panoramic road from Naxos that towers 1,740 feet (530 meters) above sea level. The journey itself is an adventure, but the destination is a dream. Enjoy panoramic sea views, and take a leisurely walk along the narrow streets and alleys. Then, head down to Taormina, often referred to as the "Pearl of Sicily." Admire historic landmarks, such as fragments of the old town walls and the Porta Messina entrance, as well as the 10th-century Palace of Corvaja. Enjoy the bohemian atmosphere reflected in quaint cafés, restaurants, and boutique stores along the Corso Umberto, where you will get plenty of time to explore on your own. And visit the ruins of the Teatro Greco, occupying a lofty location high on a hill that rewards with yet more breathtaking views.

Messina: Ionian Coast Private Day Trip with Cannoli Tasting

5. Messina: Ionian Coast Private Day Trip with Cannoli Tasting

First stop in Savoca, an amazing village insert in the list of the most beautiful italian villages, very famous because it was the location of F.F. Coppola “godfather” and also for its marvelous ancient monuments. Second stop Taormina is where we focus first on a balcony from which you can admire the view of Taormina’s cliff with the famous Isola Bella and take very beautiful photos. After 1 or 2 hours spent at the discretion of the customer you reach Castelmola 450 m above sea level, with splendid views over the bay of Giardini Naxos with a unique view of the Etna volcano 3330m high, the largest active volcano in Europe. For those who want to have lunch while admiring the beautiful view of the Volcano. It returned to Messina making a quick stop on a vantage point of Messina where stands a monument / Mausoleum with bronze statues (Sanctuary of Christ the King). Then we stop in Messina’s cathedral, where stands the largest astronomical and astrological clock world.

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What people are saying about Messina

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Our guide met us at our Cruise port and took us to our air conditioned van. Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Our group of 6 enjoyed the tour guide, transportation, information, and views of Castelmola, Mt. Etna and Toarmina (including Greek-Roman Amphitheater). We had ample time for shopping and lunch.

Great tour! liked how the tour guide tied the historic buildings with the story of young love. Thanks for a great day.

Fantastic our tour. Big and comfortable car. High spirits guide and local historical knowledge. Congratulations!

Mario was fantastic. Knowledgeable, fun, and communicative. Highly recommend.

Neno made the trip easy and enjoyable with my family.